Call for PhD Candidates

We’re looking for PhD candidates to join our Lab!

The More-Than-Human Lab believes that everything is interconnected and interdependent, and we do research that is unusually lively and creaturely.

Are you interested in increasingly blurred boundaries between nature and culture? Are you concerned about the future of the planet or technology for technology’s sake?

Have you ever wondered what design research could be if it wasn’t focused on products or people? What would you do if your collaborators were animals, vegetables or minerals? 

If this sounds like a fun challenge, we want to hear from you!

Our Postgraduate Learning Objectives

1) recognise how cultural values and technoscientific knowledge shape our understandings of, and interactions with, the natural world;
2) identify and differentiate the roles of culture, science, technology, and design in environmental stewardship and natural resource management;
3) design narrative, visual, object and/or service-based responses to cultural, technoscientific and/or ecological matters of concern;
4) assess the relevance of design choices and analyse their impact;
5) effectively communicate both verbally and in writing.


All interested applicants should first get in touch with Dr Anne Galloway with a one-page description of their research interests and suitability for PhD study with the More-Than-Human Lab.

How to Apply
Application deadlines: 1 March, 1 July & 1 November

Doing a PhD at Victoria University of Wellington
Victoria Scholarships & Allowances
Commonwealth Scholarships
Immigration NZ: Student Visas


Interested applicants can read about who we are, what we do, and what we’re working on.

More specifically, these are the More-Than-Human Lab’s research aims and objectives:


1) determine and describe how design theory and practice can move beyond the product or the human to more explicitly address relations and interactions between people, animals, plants, materials and processes;
2) identify, compare and contrast strategies for design to actively participate in the communication and negotiation of ecological matters of concern, as well as related public engagement activities.


1) develop and assess combined empirical and creative research methods;
2) develop and assess novel forms and formats for public engagement;
3) create and integrate specific designs into broader academic, government, industry, and community-based initiatives in environmental ecology;
4) disseminate research via conferences, workshops, academic journals, online forums, and popular publications.